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An Autumn Journey

11/20/2009
On Thursday, October 29, five people from the Saratoga United Methodist Church in Lyon County (Madisonville District) delivered a vanload of newly purchased personal and gift items to Red Bird Mission for its annual Christmas Assistance Program. Items were provided for the Mission's Christmas shop by the people of Saratoga, Trinity, Fairview (Lyon County), Kuttawa, Rosebud, and Providence Rural United Methodist churches. This was the third year that Saratoga and Trinity's pastor, Steve McVay,...

Festival of Stars a Shining Opportunity for Giving

11/20/2009
When the stars come out in November, they impact people from Kentucky and around the world. The stars are paper cut-outs hung on trees in the fellowship hall at Christ Church United Methodist (Louisville District) and a focal point of the church’s Festival of Stars. Part of a long-standing holiday tradition at Christ Church, each star describes a gift wish from someone associated with one of the church’s mission partners. This year the stars represent children and youth from...

To Lunch or Not to Lunch?

3/31/2009
   NASHVILLE: The people of The United Methodist Church are marking the lead up to April 25, World Malaria Day, with a renewed call to members and friends to support Nothing But Nets, a grassroots anti-malaria effort which allows anyone, for $10, to send a lifesaving bed net to a family in Africa. Bed nets protect children and their families from the bites of malaria-infected mosquitoes. “Malaria is a crisis that is threatening many of God's children across the globe,”...

Bowling Green District Churches Take Food Race Challenge

12/4/2008
This was the first year for the Great Food Race Challenge in the Bowling Green District. The idea behind this came from a story in the Interpreter magazine a few months back where some United Methodist churches in Colorado did this. One of my goals for the Challenge, in addition to the desire to help our area food pantries, was to have something where our UM churches would work together. I think that we represent God's Kingdom much better and more powerfully when we work together. The rules...

God Welcomes the Stranger

10/7/2008
Donna and Jorge Aros represented the Kentucky Conference September 10-11 at the Midwest Interfaith Immigration Summit in Columbus, Ohio. The purpose of the event was to mobilize faith advocates in the Midwest to be fully prepared to give aid (spiritual, legal, physical) to immigrants, and to advocate on behalf of humanitarian immigration reform. The event was attended by 141 individuals: clergy, students, executive directors, lay congregants, policy staff, and service providers. They came from...

Hurricane Ike Response

9/18/2008
Hurricane Ike made its devastating landfall in Galveston, Tex., and along the Gulf Coast on Sept. 12, forcing many people into temporary shelters and leaving about 1.5 million people without power. Hurricane Ike caused severe damage to homes, businesses and communities—making it the largest recovery effort in the state’s history. Sam Dixon, UMCOR's top executive, said, "While we do not know the full extent of the people's needs in Texas, UMCOR, will work quickly to understand...

Bishop Palmer Urges Prayer for Storm Victims in Cuba

9/16/2008
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, President of the Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists to pray for the people of Cuba who are suffering from the devastation of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.   U.S. government policies are blocking the denomination's desire to provide financial and other assistance to victims in the island nation, said Bishop Palmer. The long term U.S. economic embargo against Cuba's government prevents the United Methodist Committee on Relief from sending money to Cuba...

Kentucky Faith Communities Immigration Coalition

9/5/2008
Petitions are being collected on behalf of the Kentucky Faith Communities Immigration Coalition, a statewide coalition of religious and community organizations committed to welcoming immigrants.  Members of the Kentucky Conference current Church & Society, Immigration/Refugee and new Justice Team have endorsed this petition and are inviting all churches to participate.  The purpose is to call attention to our Biblical mandate to “welcome the stranger.” Click here to...

Hurricane Gustav Response

9/5/2008
Hurricane Gustav Damage and Response   After contacting conference coordinators and other contacts on the ground, UMVIM, SEJ has learned that the areas affected by Hurricane Gustav are still assessing their needs at this point, as many areas are still without power. Though the hurricane weakened before hitting landfall, it is clear that there is still some serious damage. UMVIM Conference Coordinators in Louisiana and Mississippi have asked UMVIM volunteers to give them several days...

VIM: Kentucky United Methodists in Mission Around the World

9/2/2008
UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) provides short-term mission opportunities for everyday Christians. These local, national, and international opportunities include disaster relief, medical missions, and building projects. VIM also offers training and insurance for teams going on mission trips. In 2008, teams from Kentucky have traveled to many different places to demonstrate “Christian love in action.” Here are just a few Kentucky VIM stories. From Kentucky to...

Thailand Mission Initiative - United Methodism’s Newest Frontier

6/9/2008
THANK YOU! We thank you for the wonderful support we have received from our sisters and brothers of the Kentucky Annual Conference.  We have been humbled by your generosity which has strongly supported our Mission Personnel Advance. OUR BIGGEST NEED NOW Budgeted GBGM funds cover our traveling and administrative expenses, but are not enough for supporting ministries.  Every church planted, every orphan fed and clothed, and every pastor and lay leader trained comes from special...

UMCOR Responds to Myanmar Disaster

5/9/2008
Cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar (Burma) May 2, 2008, with unexpected fury, causing a tidal surge that swept inland and devastated Myanmar's most populated regions.  The storm left homes and businesses flattened and families forever changed. Thousands are reported dead, with many thousands more missing. UMCOR is partnering with Church World Service, the Methodist Church in Lower Myanmar and Action by Churches Together to provide relief and support for those struggling in the aftermath...

Hope for Africa Children's Choir Comes to Kentucky

5/5/2008
The Hope for Africa Children's Choir arrived in Texas in mid-April and now is traveling in Kentucky on their four-month tour of the United States. The choir will perform at various sites throughout the Kentucky Conference. They will be part of the Missions and Ministry Celebration on June 3 at Annual Conference. The 23 children who comprise the choir are ages 4 to 12 and come from poor villages and internally displaced persons camps in Uganda, which is part of the East Africa Annual...

Historic Southeast Asia Mission Conference in Thailand

4/17/2008
Friday night, February 1, 2008, was a historic event in the life of The United Methodist Church.  It was the first Conference of the Southeast Asia Mission of the United Methodist Church in Thailand.  At this conference, Bishop Larry Goodpaster of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference gave the first United Methodist pastoral appointments ever in Thailand.  Six pastors received appointments and were certified as Mission Pastors at this conference.• Dr. Wiset...

Mission Possible 2008 Summer Work Camp at Bennett Center

4/9/2008
The Bennett Center of London will be hosting Mission Possible Summer Work Camps again this year.  And there is still space available for these weeks of Summer Home Repair: July 20-26; July 27-August 2.  If you or your church is still looking for a work mission trip that is close to home and affordable, please consider putting your faith into action and coming to Southeastern Kentucky to home repair projects for the elderly and disabled.  Mission Possible works with local...

Online Game Offers New Opportunity to Send Nets, Save Lives

4/9/2008
NASHVILLE – World Malaria Day is April 25.  Now and throughout April, there's an easy new way to help eliminate malaria deaths in Africa and raise more money for nets through the Nothing But Nets malaria prevention campaign. Malaria is a serious and often fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes.  The World Health Organization estimates that 300-500 million cases of malaria occur each year. Nothing But Nets has just launched a new online interactive game called "Deliver the Net" that...

Church offers shelter to VIM Gulf Coast Teams

4/9/2008
VIM Gulf Coast Teams Christ United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, KY is again offering shelter (showers included), food, and sleeping quarters for church groups traveling to and from the Gulf Coast to assist with disaster relief. Teams of youth and adults are welcome. Please call Rev. Michael Holian at 270-842-4343....

JAM Gardens "Help" Stretch Out Household Food Supply

4/4/2008
Congregations and/or individuals from the Kentucky Annual Conference donated seeds or financial contributions to the Jam Gardening Project (Green Thumb Gardening Project).  Thanks to the generosity of churches and individuals last summer 2,810 households were supplied seed potatoes, tomato plants, and a variety of vegetable seeds.  With the inventory of food banks, pantries, etc. becoming increasingly limited, the concept of "growing" one's produce becomes increasingly...

Volunteers Needed for Mountain T.O.P. 'Adults In Ministry' Program

4/4/2008
ALTAMONT, Tenn. -- Last fall, Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), an interdenominational ministry to the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, got some good news. Mountain T.O.P. was awarded a $60,000 HPG (Housing Preservation Grant) from The U.S. Department of Agriculture. That grant, along with loan programs offered by USDA to qualifying families, gives Mountain T.O.P. the ability to help Cumberland Mountain...

KAC Missionary Support

4/3/2008
The final report for the calendar year 2007 reveals that 40 of our congregations supported our United Methodist missionaries. Of these, 32 provided gifts for the Morrisseys (Michael and Sherri) in Thailand and 10 helped provide for David Persons. Five other UM missionaries--Marilyn Brock, Karen Ujereh, Gorden Graner, and Mark and Rebecca Smallwood--also received support. Fourteen of our churches promised Covenant Support (read about the Covenant Relationship Program here). Six of these...
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